Using Eye Drops during Ramadan

This year Ramadan starts on the evening of Saturday April 2nd. The world renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital has produced an information leaflet about using eye drops during Ramadan. If you are fasting during Ramadan, it is important to continue to manage your eye condition through continued use of your eye drops. Your eye condition may worsen if you do not use your eye drops.

According to The Muslim Council of Britain, your fast will be broken only if an ‘agent of consequence’ (meaning a substance with nutritional or medical benefit) reaches the throat, stomach, intestines or any cavity that has a pathway, and settles there. This does not apply to eye drops, ear drops, injections, and blood tests.  For other medications, your pharmacy or doctor will be able to give advice on how to manage your medical conditions during Ramadan, also there is more information available here.

If you have an eye examination or hospital eye appointment requiring the use of eye drops, you may be worried if you have noticed a taste in your mouth after eye drops in the past.  This can be avoided by closing the eyes and pressing gently on the inner corner of the eye for 30-60 seconds to ensure all of the drop is absorbed onto the surface of the eye, and will prevent the drop escaping into the mouth or throat.

For further information the Moorfields leaflet is available here.